Sunday, May 6, 2012

Scheduling vs. Sharing

Was anyone was holding their breath about my performance?  Just kidding.  I know you all had much more important things to think about.  Sister F and I did well though.  It was no concert or anything, but it was nice.  We got compliments; I am not exactly sure what that means.  Elder B was there with his wife.  He was recently released as a member of the Quorum of the 70 [general church leadership].  They are going to Pocatello, Idaho soon, where he is going to be a mission president.

The weather here has been amazing!  It has been in the 70's and sunny.  It is weird to be hot, but awesome.

On Saturday we were tracting and the first person we talked to was a member.  The next few houses we tracted into had people who were not interested.  We kept persevering and we found someone by the name of John.  He said that he used to be Lutheran and that he used to not be very nice to missionaries because they seemed to knock on his door all of the time.  Since then, he had regretted that.  He had been having a rough day and didn't want to cause us to have a bad day.  John said one of the reasons he was open to hearing what we had to say was because we had kind faces.  I think it was also because the Lord was blessing us.  We had been studying that morning about finding when you teach and teaching when you find.  We have been working at teaching more when tracting, not just scheduling appointments or asking about the weather.  We also have been working on testifying and sharing the gospel to bring the Spirit into our brief encounters.

Last night we had an awesome meeting.  It was a fireside where we had recent converts speaking in our ward.  It was great to hear their stories and to hear how many different times members shared the gospel and how the Lord worked in their lives.  I know the gospel blesses people’s lives because I see it every day.  I see the effect that the Atonement can have when people use it.  It changes people for the better.  It makes their lives better. I am so grateful to be a part of this great work.
I love you all!  Keep up the great work.  Love, Sister Cluff.

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